Monday, December 08, 2008

Happy Uzbekistan Constitution Day!

Although it's not as exciting as Halloween or Thanksgiving to most, there's some exciting news for Affinity:

AffWindow now allows for multiple instances! This can be used for dialogs, such as preferences and about dialogs, as seen in the screenshot. If it's not the main window, Affinity will draw a nice little X in the top right corner to close the window. It even changes color on hover and button press.
Also, though more on the minor side, AffFrame allows plugins to place arbitrary widgets in an HBox with the label. This allows for the preferences button in To-Do and the clear button in Favorites.
Otherwise, there are only some minor fixes and enhancements, and a new translation template with new strings.

In the Awn world, there are (at least) three new applets out on the forum. The 'exit' problem has been fixed in the terminal applet, and (I think) it now has initial tab support. Triggerhapp has been working on RGBA support in PyNot. Both the comic (Dilbert) and the Comics! applets got new comics and other enhancements. And, of course, work on the rewrite has been progressing, with partial thanks to a nvidia driver bugfix.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

To those who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, happy belated November 27th. :)

It's been a month since I last posted about Affinity (or anything else for that matter). That's not because there hasn't been much to talk about. Actually, it's quite the opposite.

Here's the most exciting stuff:
  • A to-do list plugin. (!) Currently it's bare-bones but eventually it'll be more like Awn's to-do list applet. It's not yet committed as of posting, but it will be soon.
  • AffSettings is now a GObject, which allows for multiple instances, allowing plugins (such as to-do), etc. to manage their own separate config files. It also uses GKeyFile instead of gconf. This is one step closer to making Affinity desktop agnostic.
  • AffButton and AffFrame now use GObject properties and are much more robust. AffButton can now take the icon name and size instead of a GtkImage.
  • An AffPlugin class, which should simplify and reduce code. As Affinity's plugin system becomes more robust, AffPlugin will probably serve more of a purpose.
  • Recent searches and files plugins are both fixed.
  • Of course, many bugfixes, some minor, some blocking.
And, of course, there are many other things, all of which can be found on the bzr changelog.
Also, Affinity is now translatable! Six languages are currently translated or almost translated. (Thanks to the translators :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Trick or Treat!

To celebrate the mass consumption of sugary candy on this Hallowed Eve, I present to you some chocolate coated eye candy:

That's njpatel's Affinity, which hasn't been worked on in a while until the past month or so. Here are some things that I got done on it:
  • a right-click context menu,
  • an about dialog,
  • a recent searches / clear current search button,
  • the option to only hide the window when forced,
  • the option to have the buttons draw as normal Gtk buttons,
  • the option to get the colors from Gtk,
  • the option to draw borders and a gradient around the frames,
  • automatic refresh of colors when changed,
  • and, most notably, plugins!
  • Also a "Run" plugin, like Alt-F2.
Affinity lives in Launchpad and has a wiki with some screenshots. Want to try out Affinity?
bzr co lp:affinity
cd affinity
sudo make install

I'd love to say more, but I have to go hand out candy to ghosts and goblins in costumes, and I can't think of much else to say. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

To-Do Progress Button; Other Updates

As suggested by onox, to-do now has a visual way of displaying an item's progress in the main listing. There's now a small button to the left of the edit details button. It's in pie chart form, and the colors come from the main icon. Scrolling on the button will increase or decrease the progress by 5%. Clicking it will edit the item's details, giving focus to the SpinButton for progress. It also has a tooltip that displays the progress. Of course, a screenshot is in order, so:

There are also a few new applets: CPU Frequency Monitor, Firefox 3 Bookmarks, and Media Player. Off the top of my head, these applets have been committed to trunk recently: Animal Farm, CPU Frequency Monitor, DesktopManager, and Media Player.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Detach in C again, but in AwnApplet

I switched development of Detach to these two branches:

Instead of being a separate GObject in libawn-extras, Detach is now a bunch of functions integrated into AwnApplet in libawn. It now does everything but save the position when Awn is restarted. As far as I can tell, to use Detach, most applets only have to add 4-5 lines and modify another one. As of writing this, only two applets, main-menu and to-do have been converted. Also, Python bindings work well now.

There is a wiki page with documentation here.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Gedit Web Browser Plugin

If you've ever been typing away on Gedit and needed to look for some obscure Gtk reference, then this plugin might be for you. It adds an address bar between the toolbar and main Gedit pane, along with buttons for back, forward, new tab, and, of course, go. If you are currently editing a text file and hit the go button, it'll open a new tab with the page in the address bar. The plugin makes it look like it's integrated, so that one tab could be a text document, another a web page, the next a text document, etc.


Current version:
You can download the plugin here. Unpack it in ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins (the directory might not exist, so create it if neccessary) or /usr/share/gedit-2/plugins. It will show up in Gedit's list of plugins as "Web Browser."

It's not really integrated, and could conflict with other plugins that do things certain things like adding other widgets to Gedit's main VBox. Also, doing things like saving and printing the "current document" when it is actually a web page will do so to a blank document, because Gedit itself doesn't actually know about the web page.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Some Updates

The first version of Detach is out, and is fully functional. Two applets, Awn Main Menu and Awn Terminal Applet, have been converted. The Python bindings unfortunately currently don't work. [Link to Branch] [Screenshot 1] [Screenshot 2]

Malept has rewritten the "How to use Bazaar" page on the wiki. It shows how to set up Bazaar for Launchpad. Even if you're not using Bazaar + Launchpad for Awn [Extras], it's worth a look.

We now have three new applets. The first, "Desktop Switcher," can organize your desktop backgrounds and even cycle through them. The second, Xfce Menu, is a main menu for Xfce users. And the third, Netflix Applet, views the RSS feeds from Netflix.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Detach now detaches

Detach now detaches. (!) It handles the showing and hiding of an Awn dialog and can also detach. Right-click the applet and click 'Detach', and a new window will popup. The default is the applet icon. Click it to show the dialog, with a transparent background. So far, the only applet converted to use Detach (in C) is the Main Menu Applet. See Screenshot. The are many, many little things that have to be fixed or implemented, such as not hiding the dialog when clicking it, and a few large things, such as attaching.

Get Detach in C at my branch.
bzr co lp:~sharkbaitbobby/awn-extras/awn-detach
cd src/libawn-extras
sudo make install
cd ../main-menu
sudo make install

Here's an example of what the code will look like now:
Detach *d;
d = detach_new(applet);
detach_add(d, widget);
GdkPixbuf *icon = awn_applet_simple_set_awn_icon(applet, APPLET_NAME, APPLET_ICON);
detach_set_pixbuf(d, icon);
detach_add_menu_item(d, detach_menu_item_simple(d));
detach_hide_dialog(d); //Would be used to force the dialog to hide, even if focus isn't lost

Monday, July 21, 2008

Detach now compiles

The Detach library now compiles. (!) It's written in C and is included in libawn-extras in my branch. This will allow any applet to detach just like to-do, run, and SlickSwitcher do. Unfortunately, there's not too much to see now. You can look at the source code to get an idea of what the it'll be like. Here's some examples:
GObject *d;
d = detach_new(applet);
detach_add(d, widget);
detach_set_surface(d, surface);
This is only the second thing I've done in C, and, for me, the process has been surprisingly easy. C does seem somewhat intimidating with pointers and type casting, etc., but it's really not that hard. I learned a lot by just looking at Awn's (and -Extras') source code.

Next I'm probably going to do Python bindings for it so I can test it more easily.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SlickSwitcher it is!

I recently decided on the name SlickSwitcher... and, um...
You can download it here, however the forum thread will always have the most recent version, until it is included in Awn Extras. :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sin Nombre dialog colors

You can now change the colors of the Awn dialog in Sin Nombre, via the Preferences window. Personally, I currently don't use this as I like my black background-blue border dialogs. :)

See Screenshot

In other news, I'm very close to choosing "SlickSwitcher" as the name. isaac_j87 started an Ubuntu Forums thread asking for name suggestions. Most people agreed with SlickSwitch[er], but there are some other suggestions. [Link]

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Awn Icons

moonbeam has been working on a new feature in Awn called awn-icons, which allows users to drag an icon onto the applet itself and change the icon. The user can choose from the applet instance, the applet, or the type of icon for applying. So, if a user drags a new icon onto File Browser Launcher and chooses icon type, all of the applets that use the 'folder' icon will change. (AFAIK, this would require a restart of Awn/ the applets.)
This enables users to change icons for applets that they couldn't before, such as the media icons and MiMenu. Use Ubuntu but want the translucent GNOME logo on MiMenu? Just drag and drop it on MiMenu. Got some nice back, play, and forward icons? Just drag them on to the media icons applets.

Applets that have been converted (note: I'll try my best to keep this updated):
*AWNLib (not an applet, but still)
*Awn Notification Daemon
*Awn Terminal
*Cairo Menu
*Cairo Menu Classic
*File Browser Launcher
*Main Menu
*Media Control
*Media Icons
*Mount Applet
*Mobile Meebo
*Quit Applet
*Run (not in Awn Extras)
*Show Desktop
*Tomboy Applet
*Web Applet
IIRC, every applet that should use Awn Icons does. (!)

Several applets distribute icons that aren't found in a normal theme and use them as their icons. One example is the Quit Applet. You have to modify Makefiles to place the icons in the appropriate directory. I'll show the Quit Applet's [Make]files.



SUBDIRS = icons
APPLET_NAME = quit-applet
include $(top_srcdir)/Makefile.python-applet
dist_applet_DATA = \


[Desktop Entry]
Name=Quit-Logoff applet
Comment=A applet to exit your session
Name[en_US]=Quit-Logoff applet


dist_quitapplet_DATA = \
application-exit.svg \

quitappletdir = ${prefix}/share/avant-window-navigator/applets/quit-applet/icons/scalable/apps/

You must place the icon[s] in a separate directory named "icons," otherwise this won't work. Note that you can actually omit the instances of "scalable/apps," which would be better if you have only one icon. Also, if your icon is not an SVG image, either change "scalable" or just omit that part.

Now all the quit applet has to do to get the icon is this:
self.set_awn_icon('quit-applet', 'application-exit')

If an applet needs the icon as a Pixbuf, such as for preferences dialogs, etc., the set_awn_icon method returns the Pixbuf. It's owned by awn-icons, so you would want to use the awn-icons API directly, which currently doesn't have Python bindings.

Note: If you are using this as a tutorial for converting these applets and you need anything clarified, etc., just tell me. :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Confirmation dialogs for To-Do

The To-Do List Applet now includes confirmation dialogs whenever you try to delete an item or category. You can choose whether or not to use these confirmation dialogs. The Preferences dialog now has a better layout and includes the above option.

See Screenshot

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Preferences Dialog for To-Do List

The To-Do List Applet now has a preferences dialog/window, as of r670. You can change the title of the list, which will be displayed when you hover over the applet icon and when you open the dialog. (Not when detached, though) You can also change the color of the icon to:
*one of the Tango Desktop Project colors
*from the current Gtk theme
*custom colors
If you choose custom colors, you can change the outer border, inner border, main color, and text color. You can also choose which type of icon to use:
*standard with number showing number of items
*partial inner border showing progress along with ##% as the number
*both the border of progress and the number of items

See Screenshot

I plan on adding a confirmation dialog when you try to delete an item or category ("Are you sure you want to delete this item?"), with a check box next to "Don't show this again." You'll be able to change the showing of that in the preferences dialog.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Sin Nombre

IMO, Sin Nombre is ready for most people to use now. (!) It updates when appropriate, usually doesn't redraw when it's not necessary, resizes correctly, toasts bread, cures cancer, and detaches. (Two of the above mentioned features are in beta.)

Download the latest and greatest here.
See screenshot

As I was writing this, this came to my mind: A network-attached Toaster. Then all those applications that claim to toast bread could tell the truth. :)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

¡Hola, mundo!

Every blog by a developer always starts with some post like this. I work on this... I made this... I use this... Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera... I'd love to have this post somehow be different, but I'm all out of ideas, so...

My name is Matt and I develop some stuff for open-source projects. Really, for now, it's just one (Avant Window Navigator). I made the detachable To-Do List Applet and Run Applet. I also made the File Browser Launcher applet, which is in Awn Extras >= 0.2.4. I'm working on an applet currently named "Sin Nombre," which is a rewrite of the BlingSwitcher applet. It's still a WIP, but it's certainly better than nothing. One thing about my applets (excluding File Browser Launcher) is that they can all detach from the dock, and be just as functional.

I also have a little Launchpad branch, which will allow you to change the colors of Awn's dialogs. [Link] I have another little Launchpad branch, which I use for my applets and other Awn stuff, such as an Awn Emulator. [Link to branch]

Right now, basically all I'm working on is Sin Nombre (it needs a name) and the Run Applet. You might also see me on the Awn Wiki a bit.